Photography and design for books, leaflets and interpretative material.
Links for research concerning stained glass in churches in Wales.
A four-year research project editing medieval Welsh texts about saints in Wales.
News and events
Over the summer I exhibited as part of the 'Art on the Faith Trail' in Pembrokeshire Churches. I also contributed work for a 'Diverse Manners' group exhibition at the Gŵyl Coda Festival, Llanidloes, in late July.
I was recently a speaker at the Ninth Bangor Colloquium on Medieval Wales in Bangor (20–21 October), and will also be contributing to the next event arising from the 'Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae' (The Latin Lives of the Welsh Saints) project in Gloucester, on 3 November 2018. The most recent event in this series was at St Asaph on 4 September 2018.
In September I was busy designing an exhibition catalogue for the 'Curious Travellers' project, which has been collaborating with staff at Dr Johnson's House on an exhibition related to tours in Scotland and Wales by Dr Johnson and Thomas Pennant. My most recent publication, a guide to the stained glass at the Church of St Peter, Carmarthen, was launched the church in March 2018. It is available at the church or from the Sulien Books website.
More than 7000 images of stained glass now on 'Stained Glass in Wales'
I received two small grants this year to make changes and additions to the catalogue from the Kempe Society and the Glaziers Trust. The former enabled me to spend time adding work by C.E. Kempe and his studio, including work from churches in Barmouth, Carmarthen, Newbridge-on-Wye and Llangattock-Vibon-Avel. After some additional work adding stained glass at these churches by other makers, I checked the site statistics and noted that the total number of images of windows (including details) is now more than 7000. There are actually over 8500 images on the entire database, including non-stained glass material on the 'Imaging the Bible' site, and exterior views of churches shared by both sites.
The grant from the Glaziers Trust has allowed for the inclusion of CVMA numbering for windows in churches, thanks to the technical work of Nigel Callaghan. He has also been helping behind the scenes on some other small improvements. In addition, the Church in Wales kindly shared their list of churches in Wales, with associated grid references, links to their Church Heritage Cymru site and the Royal Commission's Coflein. I have been going through this list, preparing a long list of place-names and churches that we will bulk upload to the site, in the hope that future additions to the catalogue can be added a little more efficiently. I am grateful to the Church in Wales, who provided the funding for Nigel Callaghan to complete this work and facilitate links to Church Heritage Cymru.
International Conference, Institute of Art History, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, 6–7 December 2017
This conference gathered together scholars from six European countries and the United States to discuss recent work on post-medieval glass in each of our countries. Several national committees of the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi have decided to begin to systematically record the stained glass of their countries into the modern period, rather than just their medieval stained glass. The Polish CVMA have been among the pioneers of this initiative, and have published a fine series of volumes on the stained glass in the southern states of Poland.
The conference programme included visits to two churches in the city, one of which brought us face to face with fourteenth-century glass high in the east end of St Mary's Basilica adjoining the main square. But the focus of the conference was of course on more recent glass and seeing the extraordinary windows by Stanisław Wyspiański at the Franciscan Church was a particular highlight (above left). The striking modernism of these windows, made over a hundred years ago, is unlike anything that was being produced for churches in Britain at that date. The artist was also responsible for extensive mural decoration of the church as well.
For further information about the conference, see the review by Jasmine Allen.
The Saints of Llandaff
The first of a series of events related to the new 'Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae' (The Latin Lives of the Welsh Saints) project took place at Llandaff Cathedral on 11 November. The afternoon event continued a series of events that I organised for the proceeding ‘Cult of Saints in Wales’ project in 2015 and 2016, with members of the project team and other experts sharing recent work on saints in Wales.
Most of the talks were held in Prebendal House, adjacent to the cathedral, but I took the opportunity to speak about the two windows in the Dyfrig Chapel that depict saints and legendary kings in Wales, one of which was commissioned by Sir William Thomas Lewis, first baron Merthyr, while the second was placed there in his memory.
While the saints that became patrons of the new cathedral in the twelfth century were Dyfrig, Teilo and Euddogwy, Lewis chose Tudful and Elfan to be the main figures in the window (with Teilo), while saints associated with the Lucius legend were included in the tracery lights.
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